4-Way Tie For 1st Place After 2 Rounds of US Open

The blimp was scene earlier in the day capturing footage of the tournament

Elsewhere, last year's U.S. Masters champion Danny Willett withdrew from the event with a sore back on Friday as the Englishman's injury woes continued.

World No.9 Rickie Fowler has relinquished the lead during through the second round of the US Open on Friday. "So, it should be a fun weekend". Dustin Johnson entered as the defending champion.

Shane Lowry is the only Irish golfer now inside the projected cut mark of 1-over at the US Open as Day 2 unfolds. This is the first time in major championship history that the top-three ranked players have failed to make the cut. None has ever won a major, and neither have the next 14 players behind them. "Everything was in good shape". "I have a tee time on Saturday, so you just kind of learn along the way to never really give up".

Said Johnson, who was 3 over: "I really like this golf course, it sets up well for me".

This was always going to be a tough week to start up again, so I don't think there's anything we can read into his game and he will take encouragement from the way he finished his second round. "Hopefully I've got a lot of the bad stuff out of my system and it's just a matter of getting competitive rounds under my belt".

Day, at 10 over, said, "I mean, the scores were out there".

Casey, who had shot a six-under-par 66 on Thursday, came unstuck with a disastrous triple-bogey eight on the 14th after teeing off on the 10th hole.

Ultimately, nobody was expecting Fowler to repeat the heroics of Thursday.

Rory McIlroy hit back at suggestions he was "bored" with golf after missing the cut in the US Open for the second year in succession.

"I thought 63 was the number".

"It was a huge battle out there for me and any flaw is more exposed at the majors".

Si Woo Kim, who captured The Players Championship a month ago, had a 70 and was at 5-under 139 along with a pair of US Open newcomers. "There were a couple of dicey pin placements out there that you had to be careful about, but it was still scoreable".

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"It's cool, but it's just the first round", Fowler said afterwards. "I've never done this before".

On a wild day of highs and lows - and even a commercial blimp that crashed and caught fire outside the golf course during the round - Fowler emerged with a one-shot lead over Paul Casey and U.S. Open rookie Xander Schauffele in a most peculiar debut for the 11-year-old golf course.

Koepka, a power-hitting U.S. Ryder Cup team member, said, "I'm pretty chill anyway". I enjoyed the walk. "But at least I'll get to sit in the air con (air conditioning) and watch the guys tear it up on the weekend". "And I was proud I hung in there". Casey also dropped a shot on the 15th but regained his composure to birdied the 17th and 18th - the latter playing 676 yards - to get back to four under par. McIlroy said his transition was too quick, that he would get to the top of his swing and then essentially lunge at the ball.

That's something Day, the No. 3 player in the world, rarely says at a major.

"If the sun stays like it is and the wind keeps baking this golf course out, it's pretty treacherous on the weekend; which is just what I would like and I think what the rest of the players want to see". "It's a special weekend".

In the first round, McIlroy only hit five fairways en route to a 78.

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